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Help to live at home

In this section you will find services and technology that can help you manage personal and household tasks, as well as your health and wellbeing, with the purpose to help you retain independence and live well for longer at home.

For related services see the categories to the right and related information and advice is listed below. 

Information and advice

Adult social care and support assessment

If there are some areas of your life where you think you need care and support, there are a number of services, organisations and activities in this Help to live at home section that may be able to help you or the people you care for. 

To be able to receive any care and support from the Council, you need to meet the national minimum eligibility criteria.   If you need social care help from us, we'll ask you some questions about your day-to-day life to work out what you need, we call this an assessment. 

For more details about the assessment process and to access the online assessment form, please visit the Adult Social Care Council web pages.

Age UK Sunderland - Social prescribing service

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Age UK Sunderland are launching a new social prescribing model called a “Front Door Service".

This service will provide low level community based support for older people to make sure they receive the right support, in the right place at the right time.  Receiving information, early interventions and flexible low-level community-based support for those who do not require intensive or specialised care from statutory services.

The aim of the programme is to increase life expectancy by empowering older people through effective care navigation, working to maximise independence, self-care, wellbeing and reduce social isolation.

Council specialist teams to help maintain independence

We have specialist teams who will work with you to maintain your independence:

The Community Occupational Therapy Service: Work with adults and children who have disabilities and help them to find ways of living independently.  If you are starting to find every day activities more difficult, the Independent Living Team will make an appointment to visit you in your own home and undertake an assessment of your needs. 

The Reablement Service: Help people achieve independence in the activities that are central to daily living.  Support is a short term intervention that is focussed on building confidence and regaining lost skills.

Sunderland's Wheelchair Assessment Team:  They aim to find equipment that provides mobility, comfort, safety and most importantly, independence. They also provide advice and support for adults and children who wish to buy their own wheelchair or be provided with one through the scheme funded by the NHS. 

Details can be found on the Council's Reablement at Home web page.

If you think your needs cant be met with the suppliers and products we have listed in the website, we can help you find what could work for you. 

You will need to answer a few questions, this is called an assessment, and based on your answers, we can see if you are eligible for care and support.  Details about the assessment can be found on the Council's Adult social care and support web page.

Digital Assisted and Supported Living Area

Digital assisted and supported living is about demonstrating how technology can be used to help you or the person you care for, take control and manage aspects of your health and wellbeing. 

We have a range of technology products that we feel can be used to help you retain your independence and empower you to live in your own home for longer. 

For more details please visit the Digital Assisted and Supported Living area on the right side of the page.

Products and suppliers of Assistive Technology

We have a wide range of products and suppliers available that can help you manage different aspects of your daily life.  These range from traditional products such as grab rails or chair raisers, to more digital solutions using assistive technology and the internet such as smart speakers to control your home environment and mobile applications to manage your health and wellbeing.

If you are interested in finding out more about daily living aids and equipment, we have a range of suppliers in the Suppliers of daily living aids and equipment link to the right. 

There is also a website called "AskSARA" that can help you identify what you need by asking a few questions about yourself and based on your answers it will suggest daily living aids that could help you.

If you are interested in the featured digital assistive technology products, we have a range of suppliers in the Suppliers of digital assistive technology link to the right.

We have also developed a new Digital Assistive and Supported Living link to the right, which offers a wide variety of featured technology products, video guides on how to use them, buying guides and real life stories.


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